so, I may have mentioned my shiny new toy which I've been having a little fun with in between revising Dendara. And I am going to finish revising Dendara, btw. I've cut 23k words so far and I'm about half way through which means if I cut another 23k the final word count could be around 118k, which a heck of a lot better than 164k. Don't you think?
Anyhow, back to my new toy which, I must tell you, I have not been playing with in my usual fashion. Instead of jumping right in and doing a few character sketches, I'm actually plotting and planning. I've written nearly 12 pages, from the overall arc to the details of nearly every single chapter. And now, to fill it out, I'm adding a subplot. Why? You may ask.
Well, I knew I needed something more than the main plot line to flesh out the story completely but it wasn't until I read an article in the latest Writer's Digest Magazine (November/December 2011) that I realized what. The article ("Spin Subplots Like a Master Weaver") explains how subplots can support and/or drive the main story. "With subplots - and the secondary characters who populate them - you can: advance the story in satisfying increments, reveal information to your main characters or to the reader, induce mood, or unleash transformative forces on your main characters" - to name a few. The how is shown by seven techniques that reveal themselves with titles like The Bookend or The Swallowtail or The Clue. It was a great article.
And now I know exactly what my shiny new toy needs. A shiny new subplot :)
Isn't writing fun?